Find the latest updates on the COVID-19 situation for applicants, students and colleagues.

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Page last updated 24/02/2021

Student return to campus

On 22 February the Prime Minister announced details of the Government's easing of lockdown restrictions in England.

From 8 March, as part of the first step on the roadmap, universities can now resume in-person teaching and learning for students who are studying practical or practice-based subjects and require specialist equipment and facilities.

The guidance from the Department for Education asks universities not to ask other students to return if their courses can reasonably be delivered online.

All students will receive an email from your School to let you know how the announcements in the roadmap affect your studies.

Lateral flow testing

The Government is recommending that, where possible, all students take a free lateral flow test for Covid-19 before returning for any in-person, on campus teaching or before they use any campus facilities. It is recommended that two tests be taken, three days apart, as close as possible to the start of teaching.

In addition, the Government now recommends that students attending campus for teaching or to use campus facilities take two free lateral flow tests per week as one of the measures to reduce the risk of transmission of Covid-19. 

Regular testing has the potential to identify anyone who may be asymptomatic (without symptoms) and is therefore unaware they have coronavirus. This will help break chains of transmission among households and reduce the risk of onward transmission. 

If you have symptoms, you must follow Government guidance and book an NHS test.

Please book your lateral flow tests now via MyHub.

Testing is available at both our City and Headingley campuses until Wednesday 31 March.

Two tests, taken between three and five days apart is the preferred option, but if you are coming to campus less frequently during a week or over a range of weeks, one test taken before you commence your activities on campus is recommended. 

We do not advise students to travel to campus only to take a test.

Full details about booking and the answers to the most frequently asked questions are available on the testing section of our Coronavirus webpages.

Be safe on campus

We've worked hard to make sure you feel safe and confident about returning to campus. You should continue to observe the Public Health England guidance on ‘hands, face, space’ as well as the Covid-19 social distancing and safety measures in place on campus. Please remember to follow all guidance and signage and wear face coverings where designated. All buildings are clearly marked with a one-way system and regular hand sanitisation points. Please check our 'be safe on campus' pages for more information.

Stay safe on campus

We've worked hard to make sure you feel safe and confident about being on campus and our online guide will give you all the information you need to know.

We've worked hard to make sure you feel safe and confident about being on campus and our online guide will give you all the information you need to know.

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During the pandemic it is important that you look after your mental wellbeing, eat a balanced diet and exercise regularly. We've brought together a range of activities and advice which will have a positive impact on your mental and physical health.

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Our students, staff and alumni have been making innovative and inspiring contributions to the fight against Covid-19. From joining the NHS frontline early, to designing and manufacturing PPE, and fundraising for charity, you can read more about their efforts in the news stories below and on our LBU Together blog.

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